Clement Illoh Onubuogo, former top bureaucrat in Nigeria today temporarily forfeited N664,475,246.60 and $137,680.11 found in his accounts. Also forfeited were two building, one of them a hotel in Delta State.
The forfeiture order was made today in Lagos by Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Onubuogo was the former permanent secretary in Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
He and 15 other persons were alleged to have lodged funds illegally into their accounts.
The order of the court was sequel to an affidavit of urgency filed by Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
In the affidavit in support of the motion exparte sworn to by an operative of the EFCC, Huleji Abraham Tukura, the deponent averred that the special task force of the anti graft agency Clement Illoh Onubuogo that funds meant for various SURE-P Programmes under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment were stolen, diverted and converted to personal use.
The Federal Government of Nigeria released over N10billion for the programme under the ministry.
In his ruling the presiding vacation judge Abdulaziz Anka order interim forfeiture of the monies and properties as stated in the motion papers to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Anka also ordered that the order of the court should be published in any national newspaper.